Links

I am not an information hoarder, I’m a sharer.  The more you get out of this website, the better, right?  So I wanted to be sure to share my favorite links in the hope that you find something that helps you enjoy romance novels even more.

Academic Sources about Romance and Popular Culture

ClitLit – good, academic discourse about some of the feminist and literary subjects surrounding romance novels and culture.

Popular Romance Project – exploring romance in popular culture and fiction, this project has TONS of great guest authors, academic information, and videos related to a documentary on romance fiction.

Romance University – “Dedicated to helping writers establish and advance their careers, introducing readers to a variety of authors, and delving into the ever-inscrutable male mind.”  All in one website!

Teach Me Tonight – combined effort of eight academics dedicated to exploring different aspects of romance in popular culture and literature.

Author Websites

Kelly Hunter – a great Mills & Boon/Harlequin author.

Jaci Burton – erotic romance author of the Play-by-Play series.

Jennifer Ashley – historical and paranormal author who is a favorite author of mine.

Larissa Ione – fabulous paranormal author.

Lisa Marie Rice – erotic romance author specializing in former military/police alpha males.

Lisa Renee Jones – paranormal erotic romance author.

Maya Banks – wonderful historical and romantic suspense author.

Nalini Singh – one of my favorite authors of the Psy-Changeling and the Guild Hunter series.

Word Wenches - this blog is worth a mention in two categories, both author blogs and historical romance resources, since it is the combined effort of several historical romance authors, including Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverly, and Nicola Cornick among others.  Great historical information since the writers are kind enough to share their research with us, as well as information about the writing process and new releases.

Blogs I Can’t Live Without

Authors After Dark – this blog focuses on paranormal romance and even sponsors a conference!

Book Thingo – a great Australian blog that does a great job covering romance novels from a down under perspective.

CataRomance – your category romance one-stop shopping, particularly helpful in a branch of the industry that publishes new books frequently.

Dear Author – covering a wide variety of romance sub-genres this is a go-to blog to stay up to date on the latest books and authors.

The Galaxy Express – there is a dearth of coverage regarding the sub-genre of science fiction romance, so this well-written blog fills a terrific niche.

The Good, the Bad, and the Unread – always candid, this blog covers many types of romance novels and periodically runs fun contests.

Love Romance Passion – another great blog covering a variety of romance sub-genres.

Paranormal Romance – the only thing better than paranormal romance is a whole blog devoted to it.

The Pink Heart Society – mostly category romance from a British perspective, this is a great place to ogle the Mills & Boon covers before they get their Harlequin makeover.

Rosario’s Reading Journal – a great blog covering a ton of sub-genres, this blog doesn’t just rely on rehashing the cover blurb, but goes in depth detailing the likes and dislikes about a specific book.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books – this blog combines humor with terrific information about books, including romance novels from previous decades that still hold up to scrutiny (or really fall short!).

Smutketeers – a group blog maintained by erotic romance and erotica authors, R. G. Alexander, Eve Berlin, Eden Bradley, Karen Erickson, Rachel Grace and Crystal Jordan covering theirs and other erotic romance novels and erotica publications with wonderful humor and excellent writing.

Tracy Cooper Posey – an erotic romance author, Cooper Posey does a great job blogging about interesting industry trends and reviews of paranormal, romantic suspense and urban fantasy.

Historical Romance Resources

Historical and Regency Romance UK – a wonderful British blog covering topics in British history which bring these periods to life.

Historical Belles and Beaus – another historical topics blog, but one that also covers more social history.  Great illustrations.

Jane Austen Today – historical and topics of interest relating to the period of Jane Austen’s life and any related topics that would impact her work, including modern interpretations of her novels.

Petticoats & Pistols – a blog related to the Western historical romance novel and related topics.

Unusual Historicals – any lover of historical romance fiction would enjoy this blog which focuses on not only historical fiction, but particularly books that go beyond the English monarchy sub-genre.

Word Wenches – this blog is worth a mention in two categories, both author blogs and historical romance resources, since it is the combined effort of several historical romance authors, including Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverly, and Nicola Cornick among others.  Great historical information since the writers are kind enough to share their research with us, as well as information about the writing process and new releases.

Professional Associations

Australian Romance Readers Association – Australians LOVE their romance and this blog reflects the enthusiasm of an entire nation!

Romance Novelists’ Association – the British professional organization for romance writers.

Romantic Times Magazine – okay, not technically a professional organization, this magazine is nevertheless an industry standard and required reading for any romance novel enthusiast.

Romance Writers of America – if there is one website an American romance novelist should acquaint themselves with, it’s this one as it has a wealth of information regarding awards and resources, although there is even more if you are a member.

Publishers

Avon Books

Berkley Publishing (now a division of Penguin)

Carina Press

Harlequin Books

Fun Extras

My Daguerrotype Boyfriend – suspicious that there really weren’t any hot guys before modern dentistry? This site is the flip side of Awkward Family Photos since people submit daguerrotypes of either historical figures or found pictures (some of them family photos) who they think fit the handsome bill.  Nice diversity of ethnic groups and races make readers think about what really makes a handsome man.

Pickyme Digital Artist – you’ll recognize several of Patricia Schmitt’s covers and enjoy her fun voice as she writes about the cover art industry.

Uncle Walter’s Bad Romance Novel Covers – exactly what it sounds like, this blog is devoted toward making fun of current and past romance novel covers that range from the weird to the ridiculous.

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